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Default Winn Correctional Center

Winn Correctional Center
Gum Springs Road, Highway 560, P.O. Box 1260
Winnfield, Louisiana 71483-1260

Warden: Tim Wilkinson

Public Information Officer: Phoebe Taylor (318-628-3971, ext. 2210)

Facility Type: male Medium-security CCA managed facility

About Winnfield

Winn Parish is in North Central Louisiana and is a sportsman's haven, situated in the midst of the Kisatchie Forest. The Parish has a history of political controversy and colorful contributions, including the residency of three former Governors.

Winn Correctional Center was the first prison in the State of Louisiana to become ACA accredited (1991). WCC received the CCA Facility of the Year Award in 1993. The Winnfield Chamber of Commerce has presented the facility with numerous awards for services provided to the community, as well as a participating member. The FBLA Annual Student Loan Program allows members the opportunity to experience a part of a typical day in the field of corrections. The Education Department was the first in the State to develop a Job Fair for releasing offenders, affording the opportunity for employers to interview and talk to the offenders about jobs. WCC has received recognition for providing services through the Vo-tech programs to local churches, schools and other civic organizations including the Winn Parish Museum.

SHREVEPORT AIRPORT - I20 West to exit 17B, I49 South approx. 33 miles to exit 172, Hwy 84 East approx. 55 miles, see Winn Correctional sign, Right onto Gum Springs Road, Facility on left.

ALEXANDRIA AIRPORT - Hwy 1 South, Right onto 167/165 North, Left onto Hwy 84 West approx. 8 miles, see Winn Correctional sign, Left onto Gum Springs Road, Facility on left.

Source: http://www.correctionscorp.com/facilitylist.cfm#

Program notes:

WNC, managed by Corrections Corporation of America, was the first privately
managed prison in Louisiana and the first privately managed medium-security
prison in the United States.

WNC is site of the state’s only Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) program
in which inmates work for actual wages in a garment factory producing
consumer apparel safety items at the prison.

Visiting days feature “Story Time,” a reading program created to allow and
encourage inmate fathers to read to their children. At Christmas, the
facility’s Jaycee organization will provide books for children who visit.
“Just Say No to Drugs or Else” is a nationally recognized drug awareness
program developed in 1994 by WNC staff. Taking a “hard hitting approach to
real life,” the program depicts life on the streets, gangs, and prison. It has
held the attention of more than 120,000 children and young adults and has
been acclaimed on CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS and in the Jaycee Magazine

The CCA/Winn Jaycees, one of the state’s outstanding institutional chapters,
has won national attention for participation in “Just Say No to Drugs or Else.”
Other club activities include drives to benefit the Louisiana Special Olympics,
Muscular Dystrophy, and the March of Dimes–activities which are supported
by other inmates, staff, and administration as well as public officials and law
enforcement officers.

Corrections Corporation of America in cooperation with the Louisiana
Department of Labor offered a first-of-its-kind job fair for inmates.

As part of the institution’s HIV Peer Educator Program, inmates arriving at
and discharging from WNC receive a class on prevention and transmission
of sexually transmitted diseases. Peer educators receive training from the
American Red Cross and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Source:http://www.corrections.state.la.us/ Inmate Handbook

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